Saturday, January 12, 2008

The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything

Help comes from above for three of my favorite pirates in this veggie show which opened in theaters yesterday. These goofy wanna-be heroes bring lots of laughs to kids and adults alike. And they have a message about trusting God while acting in faith too.

Christian movie goers take note: The story doesn't mention Jesus by name, and it doesn't end with Bob & Larry in the kitchen with Qwerty reminding us that "God made you special and he loves you very much." But if you think about it a bit, you will find this a redemptive story that points people to God.

Allusions to movie history abound, including some scenes that remind me of The Wizard of Oz, Pirates of the Carribbean, and best of all, The Three Amigos ("Row...row like the wind!").

The only thing that comes close to being a nightmare-maker for your preschooler is a scene where Mr. Lunt gets chased by a horde of killer cheese curls. These guys remind me of the snails in Flushed Away, so there's not much to worry about here.

The animation and colors are beautiful. The music is vintage Kurt Heinecke, peppy and accessible to kids.

Go see it this weekend and help Phil Vischer redeem his career from the after-effects of a brutal bankruptcy. And be sure to stick around through the credits so that you don't miss the Veggie-version of "Rock Monster", bound to be classic parody for all B-52's fans like me. And while you're at it, why not take some of the neighbor kids along too? We had a group of 6 adults and 9 kids together in the theater last night. There's nothing like hearing little kids giggle at a bunch of silly vegetables who love Jesus.

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